Album Review: Saint [The] Sinner – Masquerades EP

 Saint [the] Sinner - Masquerades EP

With one foot in theatrical rock territory and the other in angst ridden hardcore, Saint [The] Sinner are something of a surprise package, not only are they British, they are also pretty damn good.

‘Theatre of Broken Dreams’ shows off their hard riffing but grandiose theatrical sound, with a guttural hardcore vocal on the verses and a quality melodic chorus with a good hook. It’s interesting stuff and the formula works equally well on the slightly manic ‘First Blood’, which is more aggressive but drops a killer hook in, “I can almost taste it on your tongue.”

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When they invert the formula and lead with the more melodic vocal it works even better, as on the frantic ‘Left for Dead’ and the grandiose ‘She’s a Vampire’, packed with interesting twists and turns; they certainly know how to write a catchy tune.

‘Set it Off’ is no less competent, though the melodic vocal doesn’t fit so well alongside such brutal riffage and although ‘Asylum’ is a great track in its own right, it’s just a little similar to everything that’s gone before.

Nevertheless, this is a very good record, overflowing with super heavy riffs and super catchy hooks.

4/5

‘Masquerades EP’ by Saint [The] Sinner is released on 31st October.

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Words by Edward Layland (@EdwardLayland)

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